In San Basile, on the trail of Basilian Eremitic Monasticism

In San Basile (Shën Vasili, in arbëreshë), a small Albania speaking village of a thousand souls in the province of Cosenza, we find one of the three monasteries of greek-Byzantine rite still existing in Italy today. The Monastery of Santa Maria Odigitria, built on the ancient ruins of the Monastery of San Basilio Craterese, whose […]

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Pietra Cappa, the largest monolith in Europe

Fascinating, impressive and mysterious, almost paralyzing.  This is how it appears to visitors of Pietra Cappa, the highest monolith in Europe overlooking the village of upper Natile, occupying about 4 hectares of land at a towering height of over 100 meters. Located on the eastern side of the Aspromonte Park, in the Valley of the […]

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Bovesìa, where they still speak Greek in Calabria

Calabria, a crossroads of Mediterranean cultures. A land where the blending of stories and artistic and idiomatic experiences is a reality, an accessible reality, even today, despite the uniforming effects of mass culture. They fit into this framework, the “peculiarities” of the Hellenic greek area on southern slopes of the Jonico Aspromonte.  Also known as […]

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Eparchy of Lungro, a spiritual bridge between the East and the West

In the heart of the Calabrian Arberia (the name of the geographical area to which the Albanese ethnic minority language still resides), Lungro, (or “Ungra” in arbëreshë language), in the province of Cosenza, is the seat of the Eparchy Byzantine of Greek rite, which falls under the jurisdiction of all language and cultural communities arbëreshë, […]

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Antique Kaulonia, the beauty and mystery of the city on the sea

Between the territories of Locri and Crotone, in Monasterace Marina (Reggio Calabria), we find the archaeological site of ancient Kaulonia (in greek Καυλωνια), Magno-Greek city of Achaean origin, which then fell under the influence of Crotone. The name “Kaulonia,” according to legend, derives from “Kaulon” name of the son of the Amazon Clete, founder of […]

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The National Park of SILA now a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”

The Governing Council of the UNESCO National Commission has determined that the National Park of Sila is a World Heritage Site for “natural criteria.” This recognition comes after just over three years of the important protected area remaining on the national “Tentative List,” a list recognized by the prestigious organization of the United Nations in […]

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The Church of S. Maria della Consolazione in Altomonte

The Church of St. Mary of Consolation Altomonte is a typical example of Angevin art developed in southern Italy between the thirteenth and fourteenth century, whose roots are found in the French region of Provence.  Its construction dates back to around 1336, at the request of Philip Sangineto, first Earl of Altomonte. Completed, presumably in […]

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Sibari, the power and splendor of a Greek colony here in Calabria

Greece at home, one might say about Sybaris, a town in the Commune of Cassano all Ionio in the Province of Cosenza has been amongst the most important and flourishing centers of the Magna Graecia. Established between 720 and 708 BC by Achaean settlers from Peloponnese, the colony of Sybaris, in a short time, became the destination of migrants […]

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The Dolomites of the south: in Calabria the mountains meet the sea

Within the Park Aspromonte, the Dolomites of the South, important relationships regarding Calabria are revealed, not only from the point of view of landscape but from distinctive and unique characteristics of our region. From the top of Mount Murolo it is possible to observe the Ionian coast.  This aspect is symbolic because it creates a concrete […]

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